Undergraduates at the Robert H. Smith School of Business are eligible to become impact ambassadors for the Center for Social Value Creation. Through this resume-building, co-curricular experience students gain leadership visibility, network with industry professionals, engage with like-minded peers, develop career-long relationships, and work directly with the center's leadership to advance its mission. Throughout fall and spring semesters impact ambassadors will:
- Work directly with center leadership to advance the mission
- Champion CSVC’s 'Five Principles for Better Business'
- Co-facilitate signature programming and events
- Conduct interviews with industry partners and select alumni
- Be recognized as leaders committed to social value and social responsibility
2018–19 Impact Ambassadors: Cohort Two
Noah Alviti, Finance and Management
Noah is a sophomore at the Smith School of Business, majoring in Finance & Management. He joined the Center for Social Value Creation as an opportunity to give back to future generations of Terps, make a difference, and create a better future for those who will follow behind him. In his career, he hopes to benefit communities worldwide, and in his free time he plays sports and loves to read.
Fun fact about Noah: During his freshman year at Smith he finished a project that he began three years earlier: creating a new multi-purpose turf field in his hometown to honor a friend who had passed away. Over the three years he worked on the project, Noah worked with town politicians, engineers, land surveyors, and many different companies to fundraise over $150,000 and achieved the goal.”
Aimee Brennan, Business Management and Marketing
Aimee is a Junior in the Smith School studying Business Management and Marketing. Aimee has always wanted to have a career that would give back to not only her community in a local aspect but in a global aspect as well. She sees the Center for Social Value Creation as the perfect platform for her to bring her education in business and desire to have social impact together in harmony. In her future career, she hopes to be able to make the world a better place through business with addressing social challenges in companies. In her free time, you will find Aimee in the gym powerlifting or enjoying episodes of The Office.
Fun Fact about Aimee: She is fluent in American Sign Language.
Abbey Cerciello, Information Systems and Operations Management & Business Analytics
Abbey is a senior in the Smith School studying Information Systems and Operations Management & Business Analytics with a minor in Sustainability. As a Social Innovation Fellows Cohort 8 alum, Abbey was able to narrow her passions into the intersection between social innovation, healthcare, and technology. Abbey plans to begin her career as a Technology Consultant at PwC after graduation in their Healthcare Advisory Practice and eventually work her way into a career in population health analytics. She enjoys traveling and recently completed a short-term study abroad focused on Smart Cities and Sustainable City Development in Prague, the Czech Republic this past summer. In her free time, you can find Abbey running meetings as the President of Alpha Kappa Psi, playing intramural soccer with friends, or reading a good book with a cup of tea.
Daniel Harting, Supply Chain Management & Marketing
Dan is a junior in the Smith School majoring in Supply Chain Management and Marketing. After graduation, he hopes to take the skills he learns through the Center for Social Value Creation and apply them to the business world, bringing about impactful and lasting change. Dan is particularly passionate about fighting climate change and empowering leaders who act with purpose and integrity. In addition to being an Impact Ambassador, Dan is also actively involved in the Supply Chain Management Society. Outside of school, you will likely find Dan on an adventure with his golden retriever, Brodie.
Dhivyan Karunakaran, Finance & Information Systems
Dhivyan Karunakaran is a junior majoring in finance and information systems. Three years ago, he co-founded TeCanal, a charitable nonprofit organization that provides technology and STEM education to children in low-income communities in Baltimore. Over the past two years, Dhivyan has been a nonprofit consultant for CSVC’s Change The World Consulting program. Last summer, he was as a Student Programs Intern at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship. Currently, Dhivyan serves as a teaching assistant for a business course called “How Do Innovators Think.” Next summer, Dhivyan will be a Risk Advisory Intern at Ernst & Young (EY).
Florina Lam, Accounting & Finance
Florina Lam is a freshman studying Accounting and Finance. She is passionate about creating social and environmental change and has seen firsthand the positive impact a business can have through her internships with a nonprofit, the YMCA. As an Impact Ambassador, she hopes to spread that passion to her peers. In her free time, Florina loves reading fiction novels and drinking bubble tea.
Hannah Shraim, Business Management
Hannah Shraim is a junior majoring in Business Management and planning to minor in Law and Society. She is an avid advocate for social justice and sees the Impact Ambassadors program as a tool to bridge the junction between business ventures and social change. Hannah hopes to utilize her career as a future businesswoman and lawyer to address economic and social inequalities through innovative, intersectional approaches. You can find Hannah watching The Office and making YouTube videos in her spare time.
Hannah’s fun fact: “I know four languages – French, Arabic, Spanish, and English – and I’m planning to add Mandarin Chinese soon!”
Shyama Srikkanth, Environmental Science & Policy and Operations Management & Business Analytics
Shyama is a senior pursuing a dual-degree in Environmental Science & Policy and Operations Management & Business Analytics. She has attended the Social Enterprise Symposium since her freshman year, which sparked her interest in utilizing business to drive environmental change. She has studied abroad in St Andrews, Scotland, where she worked with the International Energy Justice Council to promote the concept of a Just Energy Transition for developing nations. In summer 2018, Shyama was trained to be a Climate Reality Leader by Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project and is working to communicate the importance of solving the climate crisis.
Amulya Uppala, Finance
Amulya is a junior in the Smith School, majoring in Finance. She hopes to use the skills and knowledge she gains to improve financial inclusion and education opportunities for women in India. This past summer, Amulya interned with the TechMahindra Foundation in India, working to improve the quality of government schools in the city of Hyderabad. In her free time, she enjoys photography, experimenting in the kitchen, and dragging her friends to go to the gym.
Ramya Vemuri, Finance & Marketing
Ramya Vemuri is a junior majoring in Finance and Marketing while taking supplementary film courses. Ramya worked as a Product and Content Development Intern over the summer with Cybrary, an online platform with over 2 million users that provides free and open source cyber security training, in Greenbelt, Maryland. Through this internship, she developed a passion for producing content that is founded on the principles of a strong call to action. This is precisely why I want to use media as a platform to share important stories, knowledge, concepts and ideas, particularly in the worlds of finance and business. She is also involved on campus as a Teaching Assistant for BMGT 364: Managing People and Organizations as well as in her sorority Delta Gamma. Outside of academics, Ramya enjoys watching films and exploring new cities and cultures.
Odette Yang, Finance
Odette Yang is a freshman majoring in Finance at the Smith School. She hopes to use her experience to improve environmental sustainability and business ethics by being involved in social enterprise. On campus, she is active in her Honors Humanities community as a Social Media Intern and is working on a research team to build windmills on campus! Odette loves to lift and play the ukulele in her free time.
Deanna Yi, Marketing
Deanna Yi is a freshman in the Smith School majoring in Marketing. She hopes to further enrich and strengthen her knowledge within the business world as she is involved in the Business, Society, and the Economy College Park Scholars Program. She is also excited to meet new people and participate within the various clubs and organizations in the Smith School and throughout UMD in general. In her free time, Deanna enjoys hiking, photography, or working with children and spends much of her free time volunteering in her community in order to do. Deanna’s Fun Fact: Last year, I had the chance to go hang gliding at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It was an amazing feeling being able to glide across the air although I was afraid to start at first. I recommend it to anyone who is even a little bit interested!
2017–18 Impact Ambassadors: Cohort One
Huw Ball, Operations Management & Business Analytics | Sustainability Studies
Huw is a Junior in the Smith School studying Operations Management & Business Analytics and Marketing. In his career, Huw hopes to utilize his business background to help bring sustainable and environmentally conscious solutions to businesses through sustainability consulting or working in the renewable energy field. In his free time, you will find Huw enjoying the outdoors or engaging in a little bit of amateur photography. Learn more about Huw in this featured web story!
Huw’s Fun Fact: “Last fall I ran a marathon! It was really, really hard but a cool accomplishment!”
Liza Curcio-Rudy, Finance | Global Poverty
Liza Curcio-Rudy is a junior in the Smith school majoring in Finance and minoring in Global Poverty. Her interest in social enterprise was catalyzed by her experience as a Social Innovation Fellow in cohort 7. Since then, Liza has interned with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, a network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets, and Illumen Capital, an impact investing fund dedicated to reducing bias in financial markets. On campus, Liza is involved in organizations such as the Food Recovery Network and Maryland Images Campus Tour Guides. Learn more about Liza in this featured web story!
What Liza hopes to gain from being an Impact Ambassador: “As an impact ambassador in the Center for Social Value Creation, I'm looking forward to cultivating a strong network of impact-oriented Terps and working with my peers to help more students get involved in social enterprise. I'm currently working on building an impact investing platform in Smith, so I'm hopeful that this position will give me the experience of building something impactful from the ground up.”
Fasika Delessa, Business Management
Fasika is a proud Marylander, by way of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from where her family resettled nearly 20 years ago. At Smith, she has been involved in the Center for Social Value Creation since her freshman year, a place she calls home because of its "intersection between social impact, public service, and business." Fasika is a Social Innovation Fellow alum, coffee-lover, reader, and loyal c-span viewer. Learn more about Fasika in this featured web story!
What Fasika hopes to gain from being an Impact Ambassador: “I want to Connect more with the Center for Social Value Creation, and help more students become involved and share all I've learned over the years. Show that all sectors need to be involved in the fight for social justice!”
Kara Gordon, Supply Chain Management & Marketing | Sustainability Studies
Kara Gordon is a junior majoring in Supply Chain Management and Marketing with a minor in Sustainability Studies. Kara worked as a Procurement Analyst over the summer with Siemens Building Technologies in Beltsville, Maryland. She also has experience in her field through involvement in the executive boards of both the Supply Chain Management Society and terpAMA. In addition, she is involved with other organizations on campus such as the College Park Scholars Program Business, Society and the Economy as well as her sorority Delta Gamma. Outside of academics, Kara enjoys cooking and traveling with friends. Learn more about Kara in this featured web story!
Clubs and organizations with which Kara is involved: Supply Chain Management Society, terpAMA, Delta Gamma, College Park Scholars: Business, Society and the Economy.
Sarina Haryanto, Supply Chain Management | Sustainability Studies
Sarina Haryanto is a senior majoring in supply chain management and minoring in sustainability studies. During her freshman year, she attended the Social Enterprise Symposium where she was inspired to learn more about social change. Sarina loves exploring creativity and supporting students through her work with the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship as a Peer Innovation Coach. Her experiential learning experiences through Social Innovation Fellows, QUEST and Innovo Scholars has cultivated her interest in "education supply chain." Learn more about Sarina in this featured web story!
What keeps Sarina’s attention outside of school: “I enjoy reading books (currently reading A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions by Muhammad Yunus) and I love dance fitness and attending Daybreaker events!